5 Reasons why your Business should adopt Agile Testing

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Today, many organizations follow agile software development processes, yet they are reluctant to try agile testing. The old mindset that developers should develop the complete product and then send it in for testing is just that – old. If all these years, you have been following the same routine, you need to start considering agile testing along with agile software development. Here are 5 reasons why you should do so.

1. Testing is a Team Responsibility
In traditional software development, testing is usually conducted after the development. In an agile environment, testing becomes a team responsibility because a tester works with a team of developers and can suggest changes or improvements on the go. Developers usually create unit tests to create features and keep on using it to build applications during the development phase. The tester writes new test cases, and simultaneously coordinates with the team to test new codes. By doing so, the tester can easily identify bugs and send feedback to the team.

2. Emphasis is on Flawless Software/Application Development
As discussed earlier, the tester is able to give immediate feedback which helps the developer to fix the bug and correct mistakes in the development phase.

In traditional software development, usually the QA begins after the software development, and bug detection can become a tedious process, if the application involves several complex features. Sometimes a major bug can uphold the entire project for months because every single change affects several other codes or at times, it may require cascade changes throughout the code base.

In an agile environment, the bug is found in the early phase of development, and it becomes easier to correct on- the- go. However the cascading dependencies will be the same as a waterfall model.

3. Improved Communication
In traditional software development, the job of a tester actually begins after the development. However, in agile environment they work side by side and can easily communicate with each other.

If the bug requires more detailing, the tester can work with the developer in conveying the finest details and pinpoint exactly what is required. Additionally, the daily interaction session will help developers plan their test codes to minimize errors and maximize the output.

4. Fewer Changes are Required
In waterfall development, the testing begins after the development and there are communication lapses between the coder and tester. Whenever the bug is detected, a developer is asked to fix it. This can again lead to additional time to test if the issue is not resolved completely or if any more issues may arise in the future.

In an agile environment, the time between coding and testing is very close and the developer can quickly fix it before adding new codes and complicating the development process.

5. Testing Becomes an Incorporated Part of Development
As the testing is done simultaneously with the development, it cannot be avoided or pushed for later consideration. Sometimes, in-depth testing may be bypassed to meet the deadlines. Untested or partially tested software can and will affect business reputation and customer loyalty.

Convinced about agile testing, but unsure on how to proceed? Cigniti delivers Agile Testing services with a combination of pre-built test suites that dovetail into your development environment and helps identify defects, eliminate redundancy and strengthen QA of the applications even as they are being developed.

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  • Cigniti is a Global Leader in Independent Quality Engineering & Software Testing Services with offices in US, UK, India, Australia, and Canada.

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